Help Me Find A Better Routine...PLEASE
I have been attempting to go CG for a year now. I decided to go CG for aesthetic reasons and because I was having extreme itch issues that dandruff shampoos weren't helping.
Anyways... Every time I think I have my routine figured out I get a case of what I assume is build up (a.k.a. incredibly itchy scalp). About two weeks ago, my case of build up came back. I found out the most of the EverCurl line has silicones (I am still devastated because I had really good results). So I clarified with a sulfate shampoo. :'( Then today I found out my herbal essence gel has silicone too which I guess explains why I am still having itching.
I have been using the devacurl products that I got for Christmas, but I really don't like them. The conditioner and leave in aren't thick enough for my hair. I don't see any difference when I use them.
What should I try next? I really would like drug store products since I have to use so much product in my hair.
I have 3A, thick, long, low porosity hair.
Welcome. Best thing to do is get a formal diagnosis from your family doctor for your scalp issues, then treat them from there instead of guessing or assuming what the culprit is and self treating at random. Over the counter dandruff shampoos are not effective on all possible causes of your symptom of pruritis (itching) only on seborrhoeic dermatitis and usually only if it is mild.
In the mean time review your diet and lifestyle and make it as anti inflammatory and nutrient dense as possible. Also DO NOT scratch, instead use cold compresses to relieve the symptoms. Avoid heat - hair dryers, towel turbans, heat caps, hot water. All of these can cause or contribute to inflammation and histamine release which can worsen the pruritis.
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